Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, April 14, 2012)
Word of the Day

recline

Definition:(verb) Lean in a comfortable resting position.
Synonyms:recumb, repose
Usage: After a particularly stressful day at work, Paige was eager to get into pajamas, recline on her couch, and watch TV.
Article of the Day

Komitas

Komitas was an Armenian composer, conductor, and ethnomusicologist now regarded as the founder of modern Armenian classical music. Orphaned as a boy, he was educated at Echmiadzin Seminary and ordained a priest. After establishing a choir at the monastery, he went to Berlin to study music. Upon his return, he traveled around Armenia collecting thousands of folk songs, many of which he adapted for choirs. Why do some consider him a martyr of the 1915 Armenian genocide, even though he survived it? More...
This Day in History

Donner Party Sets Out on Ill-Fated Journey from Illinois to California (1846)

The Donner Party was a group of families from Illinois and Iowa that set out for California following a little-used, supposedly shorter, route across Utah. The shortcut only tired and delayed the party, and while recovering at what is now Donner Lake in the Sierra Nevada, the group was trapped by early snow. Many died, several while trying to get help; some reportedly resorted to cannibalism. Rescuers reached the survivors in February 1847. How many of the 87 pioneers survived the ordeal? More...
Today's Birthday

Abraham Ortelius (1527)

Ortelius was a Flemish geographer and cartographer who, while traveling with his contemporary Gerardus Mercator, was inspired to compile the first modern world atlas. The first edition of Theatrum orbis terrarium, issued in 1570, contained 53 maps compiled, in part, from the maps of 87 cartographers. A leading member of the 16th-century Flemish school of geography, Ortelius is thought to have been the first to posit what theory about the positioning of the continents? More...
Quotation of the Day
To know, to esteem, to love, and then to part,
Makes up life's tale to many a feeling heart!

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

Idiom of the Day

date with destiny

A future event, circumstance, or situation that will or could prove to be of momentous significance or importance. More...
Today's Holiday

Cambodian New Year (Khmer New Year)

This three-day holiday, also known as Khmer New Year, is a major celebration in Cambodia. On the first day, Moha Sangkran, families welcome the angel who looks after the world in the coming year. On the second day, Vana Bat, people give gifts of charity and perform acts of community service. On the final day, Loeung Sack, people wash their Buddha statues, an act that symbolizes hope for sufficient rainfall for the rice harvest. Throughout the celebration, children and adults gather to dance and play traditional games. The holiday often ends with a fireworks display. More...
In the News

Dental X-Rays Linked to Brain Tumors

A new study suggests that people who regularly submitted to certain types of dental X-rays in the past are more likely to develop a common type of brain tumor called a meningioma. Specifically, patients with meningiomas were more than twice as likely to report having ever had a bitewing X-ray, which records an image of one area of the mouth, than their tumor-free counterparts. Panoramic X-rays taken at a young age were also linked to increased meningioma risk. The researchers did not, however, find an association between full-mouth X-rays—essentially a series of bitewings—and brain tumors, leading some experts to question the findings. More...
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